Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween!

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I love Halloween! It's truly my favorite holiday. I love seeing everyone dress up in costume. Not to mention all the delicious candy, scary movies and decorations! I also love the little cookies I baked up for work!

everything: forever 21 (skirt was cut-up by me)
cat costume: walmart
cat ring: target

Friday, October 28, 2011

dreams // part two

This post is a continuation of this post: DREAMS // PART ONE

I'm in a park with a new pug I've just gotten. He's all black, and I've named him Spook (so naming my dog that whenever I get one, btw). I don't remember much else about the dream except that I'm walking around with Spook, showing him off to people in the park, and he keeps running wayyyy far away from me, still on his retractable lease. I keep calling him and as soon as a do, he comes running back to me. I woke up when we were about to leave the park.

I've either traveled or left the country for a few weeks, and I've just gotten back. I got a huge tattoo of a woman and a cherry blossom tree on my chest at some point during my travels. I'm at my parents' house who were keeping my cat, Fish, for me while I was away. However, for some reason, they decided to let a friend of mine take care of her instead. I call the friend, who tells me he lost her. Just lost her! I freaked out... no one knew where she was! I searched for hours but to no avail. My parents tried to consol me with a new car they'd gotten me while I was away, but as much as I wanted to be excited about a new car, I was just too distraught over my missing kitty. I woke up after my mom says goodbye to me, I get in my new car, and drive back home.

dog: To see a dog in your dream, symbolizes intuition, loyalty, generosity, protection, and fidelity. The dream suggests that your strong values and good intentions will enable you to go forward in the world and bring you success. To see a black colored dog in your dream, symbolizes the shadow aspect of a friend. The dark side of someone close to you is being revealed and you are able to see through to their true intentions.
pets: To see a pet in your dream represents civilized instincts. You are keeping your temper in line. Alternatively, seeing a pet indicates a need for love and acceptance. Perhaps, you are lacking attention from others and are feeling neglected.
tattoo: To dream that you have tattoos represent your sense of individuality and the desire to stand out in a crowd. You want to be unique and different from everybody else, particularly if you do not have any tattoos in real life. Consider also what the tattoo is and what significance it has in your life. It may represent something that has left a lasting impression on you. Alternatively, to dream that you have a tattoo suggests that a waking situation or decision is having a much longer lasting effect that you had expected.
lose: To dream that you lose something, indicates that you may really have misplaced something that you had not realized yet. It may also be a signal for you to clean out and reorganize your life. Perhaps you are overwhelmed and distracted with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Alternatively, losing something often coincides with a significant life change or waking issue. On a symbolic note, losing things in your dream suggests lost opportunities, past relationships or forgotten aspects of yourself. Your personal associations to the thing you lose will clue you into the emotional meaning and interpretation of your dream.
new: In general, dream of new things and new places correspond to what is new in your waking life. It refers to something that is different or unfamiliar.

I'm glad that seeing a dog could mean my good intentions and values will help me be successful in attaining any goals I've set for myself. However, I can't think of anyone close to me showing their true intentions or a dark side of some kind. Especially relating to the last dreams post, it's significant that, according to my reference, I'm keeping my temper under control... and I always seem to be searching for acceptance and feeling a lack of attention from most people, so that's nothing new... Along with the fact that I like to be an individual, and I have been thinking a lot about getting my first tattoo. However, I'm yet again getting inferences that changes are soon to come. And I definitely feel distracted from wanting to reorganize, clean, and re-prioritize by how much I have going on everyday.

Strange. Anyway, I have another dream, but I'll cover that one later.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

dreams // part one

I've been having a lot of strange, vivid dreams lately, so I thought I'd jot them all down before I forget. And since I'm weird about dreams and premonitions and superstitious things, I've been looking up the "meanings" behind what one dreams and trying to see how/if they apply to my waking life. I used this site as a reference... because that was the first result when I google'd "dream meanings" ... haha. I collected excerpts that coincided with my dream and/or applied to situations I'm currently dealing with.

Chris and I are driving (I'm driving my car that is) over the same bridge I drive over everyday to pretty much anywhere we need to go, especially to where I work and to the gym. The sun was setting fast, and as we began to drive over we saw two groups of Blue Angel-type jets flying in sync. As they criss-crossed through the sky, they began to drop fireworks, so I told Chris to grab my iPhone and start recording a video. He started recording, and shortly after, the groups of jets came barreling toward one another when they both collided, resulting in a huge explosion. We kept driving, Chris kept filming... shocked as shrapnel and fire engulfed the bridge and the water below. And then I woke up...

bridge: To dream that you are crossing a bridge signifies an important decision or a critical junction in your life. This decision will prove to be a positive change filled with prosperity and wealth in the horizon. Bridges represent a transitional period in your life where you will be moving on to a new stage. If the bridge is over water, then it suggests that your transition will be an emotional one.
crash: To dream that a plane crashes, signifies that you have set overly high and unrealistic goals for yourself. You are in danger of having those goals come crashing down. Alternatively, the crashing airplane represents your lack of confidence, self-defeating attitude and self-doubt. You do not believe in your own ability to achieve those goals. Loss of power and uncertainty in achieving your goals are also signified.
explosion: To see explosions in your dream symbolize your repressed anger. The rage that you have been holding in has come to the surface in a forceful and violent manner. Your unconscious is trying to get your attention.
fire: Depending on the context of your dream, to see fire in your dream can symbolize destruction, passion, desire, illumination, purification, transformation, enlightenment, or anger. It may suggest that something old is passing and something new is entering into your life. Your thoughts and views are changing.
driving: To dream that you are driving a vehicle signifies your life's journey and your path in life. The dream is telling of how you are moving and navigating through life. If you are driving and cannot see the road ahead of you, then it indicates that you do not know where you are headed in life and what you really want to do with yourself. You are lacking direction and goals. Similarly, to dream that you are driving at night suggests that you are unsure of where you are headed in life. You are experiencing obstacles toward your goals. Perhaps you do not want to see what is ahead for you or you are afraid to confront certain issues. You may be feeling apprehensive about the future.

So, what I'm getting out of this dream is that I'm unhappy... angry even, at certain things happening in my life right now, and I've been ignoring and repressing those feelings for a while. Therefore, in order to change, I'm coming to a critical point in my life where I have some decisions to make and new goals to attain, even though I'm not sure where they will lead me or how I'll get there. However, the goals I'm setting for myself are high, indeed, but I don't think they're too high. I more agree with the idea that I'm apprehensive, unsure, and am having feelings of self-doubt and negativity towards my ability to achieve the goals I want to achieve. And this all totally makes sense. I'm unsatisfied with the way some of my life is going, and I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to change... and like huge change. I've already ordered some books for guidance, and hopefully they'll lead me in the direction I need to go!

This was such a long post! I'll post more dreams later, but I think this is good for now.

Monday, October 24, 2011

teal & rust

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I really love these wedges. They really are the most comfortable heels I own. Granted, my feet still throb when I take them off at the end of a work day, but they still feel the least like I'm actually wearing heels! I wore this outfit on Friday to work and then out to the Craft Beer Festival at Beau Rivage. It was the first year they've ever done it, and it was a great turn-out! I tried such a wide variety of beer... some good, some not-so-good, and even found a new favorite called Buffalo Sweat. Yes, gross name, but amazing beer! I went back and tried it a few times, ha.

Earlier at work, however, I cut my finger really bad, hence the massive band-aid and sad, pathetic face. What's funny about the whole situation is, I cut the same finger, in the same place, doing the exact same thing about 2 years while working late on a project for school! Except this time, I cut it at work, and when you injure yourself in a casino, no matter what it is, it's a big deal. I had to fill out paperwork, get escorted to and from the medical clinic across the street by security, AND take a drug test, all because I cut my finger with a giant X-acto blade. I even had to get a tetanus shot. Its comforting to know, though, that my wound was completely taken care of and cleaned so that once I got back to work (about an hour later), I didn't have to stress about it. The doctor even gave me some samples of anti-bacterial creme so I didn't have to go buy some. Now, it's well on it's way to being completely healed, and hopefully it only takes two incidences of cutting my finger to learn my lesson.


top/skirt/tights/rings: forever 21
wedges: modcloth
brooch: antique'd

Thursday, October 20, 2011

first taste of fall

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I'm absolutely enthralled with the weather lately. Completely uncharacteristic of this little corner of the lower 48. Although, I hope it's warm enough to stand outside tomorrow night. Chris and I are going to an Ocktoberfest of sorts hosted by Beau Rivage (the casino I work for). Oh, I am so excited tomorrow is Friday, you just have no idea!

dress/boots: target
cardi: urban outfitters
socks: forever 21
scarf: modcloth
belt: charlotte russe

Tuesday, October 18, 2011



I guess I sometimes feel like I have nothing to post when I don't have an outfit. But, honestly, that's not true. I used to use my blog as an outlet for frustration and angst, because I have a hard time opening up to people. I want to talk about my problems, but most of the time I don't know how to say what's wrong. Sometimes, I'm just upset, at life, at myself... Sometimes I have to write it all out to get to the root of the problem. Then I can talk about it, or just let it go.

There are a lot of changes happening where I work... most of which I thought would be good, but as it goes, I'm having a hard time adjusting. We're expanding our department which is always a good thing, right? Except that expanding meant dividing up our department to make room for new hires. So now, instead of being around the rest of my department, I'm separated, wayyyyy down the hall, alone... or at least until the new guys come in. I'm now working in a much bigger area, which is great; I now have more than enough room to print, cut, and mount of the signs we do for the casino/hotel.

I broke down today after holding everything in yesterday. Yesterday was such an awful day. I wasn't ready to move. And apparently, no one else was. I was working, and all of the sudden, I'm moving my computer, following the large-format printers down the hallway. Oh, but we don't have the new people yet, no computers for them to work on; we're missing a printer in the general vicinity; no water cooler; no cutting-mats on the brand-new tables. It's a mess. My co-worker and I moved our entire office down the hall. By. Our. Selves. Apparently, everyone else was too busy. Ugh. I have never been so exhausted after a day at work that is primarily a desk job.

It will get better. I'll have a hand in hiring new people and they better be awesome or this new arrangement will not work... and they better have awesome taste in music.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


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Saturday was my dad's birthday, so Chris and I went to Mobile for the day. I brought along this cake, which I spent alllll Friday night baking. I even got to whip out the Kitchenaid mixer I got for Christmas last year! I hardly ever get to use it, especially in our small apartment. I searched for a recipe that I knew my dad would love, and finding nothing exactly what I wanted, I combined two recipes. I used this one for the cake, and this one for the praline-crusty-goodness. I just used a good ole' store-bought cream cheese frosting... I know, I cheated. Shame. Anyway, the result was what I have so lovingly dubbed, a Brown Sugar Praline Upside-down Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Quite a mouth full, right? Wait until you taste it! Oh my, it's all sorts of sinful. I wish my dad loved pumpkin as much as I do so I could've made the Praline Pumpkin Cake as it was written, but I guess that just means I'll have another excuse to bake something pumpkin! I have a problem, I know, but it's only a few months of the year, so it's okay.


Monday, October 10, 2011

promises like pie crust

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Simple outfit for a simple Thursday at work. I don't have much to say about this outfit, except that it did look a lot better on me at the beginning of the day, before it got all wrinkled. I should carry around an iron. Anyway, I'll be posting a little more substance tomorrow, about my weekend and cake! Yes, CAKE!


tunic, tights: forever 21
hear ring: charlotte russe
belt: target
cardigan: old navy
oxfords: urban outfitters

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

oh pendleton

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This past weekend Chris and I ended up antique-ing with my mom and I scored so many great finds! The one that got me most excited was, of course, this awesome Pendleton wool coat! For $0.40! I also got some cute blue heels, some vintage halloween decorations, an old key (to be turned into a necklace), a mint green watch, and two Chanel-esque handbags. All of that for a little over $6!

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Pendleton coat: thrifted
top: Kohl's
skirt/necklace/rings: forever 21
shoes: charlotte russe

Monday, October 03, 2011

dock of the bay

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Fall is slowly creeping in! I love this time of year because it inspires me when I get to putting outfits together. And do you see those wedges?! I snatched them up when they went on sale at ModCloth. I'd had my eye on them for a while, but money is oh-so tight these days, so the original price was just a little out of reach. Once they went on sale, I didn't think twice! I love, love, love the teal/mint green color that seems to be popping up all over the place and it's definitely a color I'm trying to fit into my wardrobe. I love these because they're not only stylish, but comfortable! I felt taller, definitely, but my feet didn't hurt at the end of the day. I'm excited to style these up again later in the cold winter months with tights and coats!


dress: lotus boutique
cardigan/belt: target
sunglasses: ruche
shoes: modcloth
necklace: thrifted